Zebra Homepage

DOE Blog

SD Department of Education
April 2022  

School Library Month

teacher feature TEACHER FEATURE:
Schlekeway makes Belle Fourche school libraries modern and engaging

Karen Schlekeway is a school librarian in the Belle Fourche School District. The Belle Fourche Middle School Library recently earned an Exemplary 21st Century School Library Award. To celebrate School Library Month, we reached out to learn more about Karen and her work!

Month of Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Military children make up a special part of our nation’s population, as they stand in steadfast support of their military family members. To honor their unique contributions on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military – a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Space Force blue, and Marine red.

Teachers needed to help inform state science assessment

South Dakota science teachers are invited to participate in several activities this summer related to state assessments. Participants will be compensated for their time ($150/day) and have the opportunity to network with other science teachers across the state.

21st Century School Library Award applications open until May 1
The State Library recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st century school library through their place, professional, and program. Awards recognize the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary, based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines. School librarians are encouraged to apply for this special recognition by May 1.

Apply for SDMath/SDSci Leadership by May 20

SDMath/SDSci Leadership is a program to create and support a dynamic network of educators. The program selects, challenges, and develops K-12 South Dakota mathematics and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education. Apply by May 20 to join the next cohort.

   2022 SD MTSS Summer Ed Conference

Growing Great Readers Conference speakers announced; registration open

The 2022 SD MTSS Summer Education Conference: Growing Great Readers will be held June 21-22 in Oacoma. The event is open to all districts, and registration is now open. Keynote speakers include Dr. Dale Webster and Erica Hidalgo who will lead an Understanding Comprehension session. Julie Sealine will lead a Decoding and the Struggling Reader workshop.

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) trainings for K-12 educators

CAASt training opportunities are available free to K-12 educators. The training includes components of mandatory reporting, youth suicide awareness and prevention, multidisciplinary approaches, and trauma-informed interventions. A virtual session open to all K-12 educators will be held May 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CT. Schools may also request the training be scheduled and brought to their school staff.

Registration open for GFP Summer Teacher Academy

Registration is open for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Summer Teacher Academy, with locations in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Pierre in June. Gain experience, credit, and classroom resources. Classes are filling quickly.

Win 10K Promote safe driving and win $10,000
for your school

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To promote safe teen driving, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and South Dakota Broadcasters Association are giving away $20,000! One South Dakota student will win $10,000 for themselves plus another $10,000 for a school-sponsored activity or program. To enter, they need to visit LessonLearnedSD.com and take a two-minute safe driving quiz.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

EL Teacher Monthly Check-in Meetings
April 25, online

Board of Education Standards
May 6, Rapid City

SD Regional Math Circles
May 6, Sioux Falls
May 7, Pierre
May 7, Rapid City

Title Programs Bimonthly Zoominars
June 21

Growing Great Readers
MTSS Summer Education Conference

June 21-22, Oacoma

South Dakota Best Practices in Teaching Mathematics
July 21-22, Pierre

Top 20 Training
July 21-22, Oacoma

Foundational Reading Skills Grades 4-8
July 26-27, Fort Pierre

Save the Date: Indian Education Summit
Sept. 8-10, Rapid City

View printable version of this newsletter.
Contact us with your story ideas.
State Home Page | Disclaimer | Accessibility | Privacy Policy
© 2022 S.D. Department of Education, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501 - (605) 773-3134